Sony’s PSVR 2 to Offer VR Passthrough, Streaming Updates
This Tuesday, Sony, the firm behind the Playstation line-up of console gaming devices, announced new details for its upcoming PlayStation Virtual Reality 2 (PSVR 2) headset.
In an official blog post, Sony introduced several new features to improve the PSVR 2 user experience. According to industry analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo, rumours find the sophomore device is due in 2023.
New User Experience
Firstly, Sony is introducing PSVR 2 passthrough support, allowing a wearer to see their surroundings via the device’s outward-facing tracking cameras.
PSVR 2’s “see-through-view” mode provides a black and white feed of a user’s surroundings, with additional highlights to show the device’s controllers. Users can also change options like boundaries and height from the passthrough menu.
The device also has a new playroom function for setting a player boundary. The feature is similar to boundary setup options found on the Meta Quest.
Users can set a custom play area to protect themselves from surrounding objects. The feature also highlights when a user or their hands get close to the edge of a playroom with visualisations.
Additionally, Sony revealed new broadcasting abilities for the PSVR 2 device. The Tokyo-based firm is adding tools allowing users to stream their VR games feed and real-world reactions to an immersive experience.
Sony is also adding “VR mode, ” allowing users to enjoy immersive content within a 360-degree VR environment. The feature streams VR content to an immersive environment as a 4000 x 2040 HDR video with a 90Hz/120Hz frame rate.
What to Expect from PSVR 2
Sony revealed many critical details of its upcoming headset during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 and in a supporting blog post. In its latest device, Sony will include:
- 110-degree field of view
- Built-in microphone
- Variable 90-120Hz refresh rate
- Four tracking cameras
- Tempest 3D AudioTech spatial sound system
- 4K high-dynamic range
- Inside-out camera tracking
- Haptic technology
- Eye-tracking, by Tobii
Additionally, reports show Sony is designing a new controller for the PSVR 2 headset. Sony built the new Sense controller based on the Dualshock device’s design for its Playstation brand.
In a statement, the firm said it is paying close attention to the PSVR 2’s ergonomics to create a device that exists as “part of a user’s living room decor.”